Sure, going on an ocean cruise is fun. But going on a river cruise is a whole new experience. They can often be more expensive than an ocean cruise. You don’t have to be wealthy to make the best out of these beautiful trips. We’re going to share our top tips for maximizing your experience on a budget.
The best time to save
During spring and summer, you have the opportunity to see fun local outdoor events and experience nature-centered activities. During fall and winter, you may not be able to explore with shorts and sandals, but you’ll get to experience many cold-weather attractions and traditions. During the colder times of the year, the prices of river cruises will drop significantly. That means you’ll have fewer lines at restaurants, museums and other attractions that you’re interested in visiting.
Plan ahead for a last-minute vacation
Planning is always a great idea to get the most out of your vacation. But, when you buy tickets far in advance, you’re often passing up the opportunity to capitalize on great last-minute deals. Cruise lines will regularly make last-minute price drops a day or two in advance of the cruise to fill remaining cabins.
Visitor Centers Are Your Friend
Since you’re visiting a city for a short period of time, it’s important you maximize the amount of time you have. One way to do that is by stopping by that city’s Visitor Center. They’re fully versed in local attractions around the city. You can share the attractions that interest you and they’ll happily give you the “insider scoop” you wouldn’t find anywhere else. They also typically sell special day passes that give you free, or deeply discounted, rates on museums, restaurants and public transportation. During the off-season, these passes will often pay for themselves after one visit to a local museum.